Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. There are more than 3,000 shops packed along its 61 covered streets. It is estimated that between 250,000 and 400,000 people visit the bazaar each day, making it the world's most visited tourist attraction.

Getty images photographer Chris McGrath captures the colours of the bazaar in pictures so detailed you can almost hear the haggling and hubbub of the crowds and smell the incense and spices wafting across the market.

Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Hasan Ayazgok poses in his family's shop that sells traditional ceramicsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Dogan Mert poses for a photograph at his store selling traditional Turkish giftsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Ahmet Tan poses for a photograph at his store selling pipes and musical instrumentsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Huseyin Erdogan poses for a photo at his shop selling traditional ceramicsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Adem Sad'c poses for a photograph at his rug and fabric shopChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Taner Erguder poses for a photograph at his art shopChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Ismail Genis poses for a photograph inside his store selling traditional ceramics and handmade tilesChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Timur Yildirim poses in his family's antique shopChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Burak Erdogan poses in his clothing and fabric shopChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Huseyin Balci poses in his family's shop that sells bath towels and fabricsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Murat Akca poses in his family's jewellery shopChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Murat Hashas poses for a photo in his shop that sells handmade headscarves and other cotton itemsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Kenan Kalmaz reads a newspaper inside his family's shop selling traditional fabricsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Yasin Kizilkaya poses for a photograph at his store selling Turkish carpets and fabricsChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Mehmet Onlu poses in his shop that sells silver jewelleryChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Serkan Almaz poses for a portrait inside his handmade backgammon and chessboard storeChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Ekrem Turkmen poses for a portrait in his store selling Turkish clothingChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Murat Demirci poses inside his shop selling traditional Turkish textiles and jewelleryChris McGrath/Getty Images
Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Hasan Ramo poses in his shop selling traditional sweets and Turkish delightChris McGrath/Getty Images

The Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul. Each street of the market specialises in certain types of goods: jewellery on one, carpets on another, and leather goods on the next. Construction of the Grand Bazaar started in 1455, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. It was enlarged over the centuries and has had to be rebuilt several times, after earthquakes and fires damaged parts of it.